Work vs. Activity

“Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.” Spanish Proverb

How much does you team do that produces real results? How much is done through habit?

Reporting and analysis is one example, I’ve seen many beautiful reports, but the key question is what action will you take based on the information in this report? If the answer is “I don’t know” then the report is probably a waste of time.

Evaluate what you’re spending time on, what was initially a great idea may now be a waste of time. Other candidates for cutting beyond potentially irrelevant reports include recurring meetings, checking your email every 15 minutes and anything else which consumes your time, but doesn’t lead to results. Evaluating how you spend your time can be an enormously valuable activity.

Rescue Time is an interesting application in this area, it automatically tracks the time you spend on your computer, which of course is only part of your day, but the results can be insightful.

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